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If you’ve seen any of the Academy Award winning-films from The Lord of the Rings trilogy you’ve caught glimpses of the ethereal natural beauty of New Zealand.

Nowhere on this planet outside of a multi-million dollar special effects studio is better suited to bringing to life the fantastic vistas of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth.

Picture yourself sailing through a tranquil glacial fiord where the clouds are reflected on the surface of the water as if in a mirror.

Imagine inhaling deeply of the fragrant air of a sun-swept field of wild flowers.

Envision directing your gaze towards the horizon where a towering snowcapped mountain is skirted by rolling green foothills and charting your own adventure through this storybook land.

You can make this adventure happen with a cruise from Australia to New Zealand.

An increasingly popular destination for Australian travelers, cruises from Australia to New Zealand have grown by 700 percent since 2007 according to a report published by the International Cruise Council.

Read on to learn why New Zealand’s popularity as a cruise destination is more than justified.

 “Land of the Long White Cloud”

Thanks to its geographic remoteness New Zealand wasn’t settled by humans until 1250 – 1300 CE.

The first settlers were Polynesians who developed a distinctive Maori culture and gave to their new homeland the evocative name Aotearoa – meaning “Land of the Long White Cloud”.

New Zealand’s long isolation from human involvement is evident today in the many stunning, pristine, well-preserved environs that lend the island country much of its unique charm.

With 14 national parks available to visit, a cruise to New Zealand is ideal for travelers who appreciate the rustic beauty of untamed nature.

In addition, New Zealand is home to some of our planet’s richest biodiversity.

With over 2,000 species of indigenous plants and flowers, penguins, fur seals, half of the world’s whale, dolphin, and porpoise population and, of course, the country’s iconic national symbol, the flightless kiwi bird, New Zealand is simply paradise for nature lovers.

One of the premier destinations in New Zealand – or anywhere else in the world for that matter – to drink in the best and most beautiful of what nature has to offer is Fiordland National Park.

 Fiordland National Park

 Located in the southwest corner of the South Island of New Zealand, Fiordland National Park is the largest of New Zealand’s 14 national parks and an UNESCO World Heritage site.

If you plan to travel to New Zealand by cruise ship a visit to Fiordland National Park should be considered mandatory.

During the last ice age glaciers carved many deep valleys through the rocky southern tip of New Zealand’s South Island. These valleys, known as fiords, are a sight to behold. Milford Sound, the most famous of these fiords, is especially breathtaking.

Flanked on either side by steep mountains – the tallest of which, Mitre Peak, reaches nearly 1700 meters into the sky – Milford Sound is one of nature’s masterpieces.

Of course, there’s more to New Zealand than just natural beauty and a cruise to this beguiling country will surely involve a visit to one or more of its major urban areas.

 Auckland

The largest and most populous urban area in New Zealand, Auckland is a popular destination on any cruise from Australia to the “Land of the Long White Cloud”.

Home to the largest Polynesian population of any city in the world, Auckland is much more than just a European-inspired transplant to Pacific shores.

On any given day you can enjoy a cultural festival or display put on by the local Maori community, or one of the many Asian immigrant communities that reside in Auckland.

Auckland is known popularly as the “City of Sails” because its harbor is dotted with more yachts and launches per capita than any other city in the world.

If you’d like a bird’s eye view of the harbor and the rest of Auckland pay a visit to Sky Tower, an observation tower located in downtown Auckland.

Standing an impressive 328 meters tall, Sky tower is the tallest free-standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere. It offers a commanding view of the city and is a must-see destination on any visit to Auckland.

After a busy day of sightseeing around Auckland you’re sure to have worked up an appetite. Why not grab a quick snack of “pavlova”, one of New Zealand’s specialty dishes.

Named after the famous Russian ballet dancer Anna Pavlova (no, really), this tasty snack is a meringue-based dessert with a crispy crust and a sweet, light inside.

The perfect thing to tide you over before heading back to your cruise ship to dine at a 4 star restaurant!

 Popular for a Reason

This article has only touched on the wonders a cruise to New Zealand has to offer.

There’s so much to see, do, and experience on a cruise to New Zealand it’s not surprising the country’s popularity as a travel destination for Australians is growing faster than any other destination in the world.

Book a cruise from Australia to New Zealand today and find out for yourself why the “Land of the Long White Cloud’s” meteoric rise in popularity is justified.

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